The Indian Space Research Centre (ISRO) on Thursday undertook an operation to unfurl the antenna that was inside the radar imaging earth observation satellite RISAT-2BR1. This comes a day after Radar Imaging Satellite RISAT-2BR1 onboard PLSV-C48 was successfully launched by ISRO.
In a tweet, ISRO said, “Today at 1400 hrs IST, Radial Rib Antenna of #RISAT2BR1 spacecraft was successfully deployed in-orbit. This complex technology involved unfurling & deployment of the 3.6 m antenna which was folded & stowed during launch. The deployment was completed in 9 mins 12 s.”
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Today at 1400 hrs IST, Radial Rib Antenna of #RISAT2BR1 spacecraft was successfully deployed in-orbit. This complex technology involved unfurling & deployment of the 3.6 m antenna which was folded & stowed during launch. The deployment was completed in 9 mins 12 s. pic.twitter.com/YGu0TSO9dm— ISRO (@isro) December 12, 2019
Following the successful launch of the RISAT-2BR1-satellite, two solar arrays were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network in Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite would be brought to its final operational configuration, ISRO said.
Placed into an orbit of 576 km, the Indian satellite will have a life of five years. Along with RISAT-2BR1, PLSV-C48 carried nine other commercial foreign satellites from the USA (multi-mission Lemur-4 satellites, technology demonstration Tyvak-0129, earth imaging 1HOPSAT), Israel (remote sensing Duchifat-3), Italy (search and rescue Tyvak-0092) and Japan (QPS-SAR - a radar imaging earth observation satellite).
It is worth mentioning here that RISAT-2BR1 is India's radar imaging earth observation satellite which would be used in the field of agriculture, forestry, and disaster management and also for military purposes.
The launch of RISAT-2BR1 marked a significant milestone for the space agency as it is the 50th flight of the PSLV and also the 75th vehicle mission from Sriharikota.